The Way That I Feel

The Weavers (Fred Hellerman on guitar)

The Weavers (Fred Hellerman on guitar)

Songwriter Fred Hellerman (as Fred Brooks)
Year Written ca. 1958
About The Way That I Feel
Fred Hellerman was an original member of the The Weavers and wrote many songs for that group. In the 1950s, the group was blacklisted due to the since-discredited testimony of an FBI informant to the House UnAmerican Activities Committee, headed by Joe McCarthy. He continued to compose under the name Fred Brooks. Hellerman was the musical director for the 1969 film Alice’s Restaurant. Harry Belafonte was the first artist to record “The Way That I Feel.”


This is the way that I do feel
I feel it every where I go
I feel just like an engine
That lost its driving wheel

I’m feeling down as a man can feel
Since my baby said that she don’t want me hangin’ round
Feel like a tin can just a rusting way out on that dumpin’ ground
It sure is hard to stumble down when you ain’t got no place to fall
Seems like in the whole wide world I ain’t got no place at all Yeah

Well I’m feeling like a stranger here
I feel like a stranger everywhere
Feel like I like to go back home
But I’m even a stranger there

Well I’ve tried, God knows I’ve tried
To go my way and leave the worry past behind
But every time the sun goes down
My baby stays on my mind.

Session / Album Information


“The Way That I Feel” was recorded on April 26, 1963 and released in 1963 on the album This Is All I Ask. It was arranged by Ralph Burns.

The Way That I Feel

Listen to The Way That I Feel on Spotify. Tony Bennett · Song · 1963.

This recording released on:

  • 1963: Columbia LP 12″: CS 8856 — This Is All I Ask
  • 1963: Columbia LP 12″ (Mono): CL 2056 — This Is All I Ask
  • 1995: Columbia CD: CK 66504 — I Wanna Be Around
  • 2011: Disc #27 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK26) This Is All I Ask

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